By Ali Lucia


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The final paintings are being hung this week for an art show curated and created by kids. The exhibit, called “ME(me)”, opens this Saturday at Intermedia Arts Center.

“We were going for sort of a ‘who are you’ and ‘what do you want to present to the world’,” Brittani Dyrud who helped curate the show said. “Every single piece of art on these walls are pretty unique in themselves.”

“One of my favorite pieces was something created throughout the year, compilation of work from a lot of artists,” said Michael Hay who works at Intermedia Arts Center

While the Youth Leadership Council at the Intermedia Arts Center frames up the final works, it’s hard for Kina Paguyo, a student at South Side Family Charter School, to contain her excitement.

“I think the show is going to be really interesting and powerful,” Paguyo said.

The 12-year-old is one of the youngest contributors to youth art exhibition. She wasn’t afraid to try something new.

“Mostly I like to do things that are pretty but this is kind of a risk,” Paguyo said.

Her collage is called “Monsters”.

“I cut up a bunch of pieces from National Geographic and other magazines,” Paguyo said.

An Alice Wolff sculpture will be on display this weekend. The student at Augsburg College said the exhibition features insight into what youth hide compared to what they share on social media.

“Basically it’s about internet culture and youth culture,” Wolff said.

Wolff is a member of the Youth Leadership Council that helped curate the show.

Like any tween, there’s always a little stage fright, just before the curtain call.

“I really wanted to focus on reindustrialization and the ripping away of cultures in our world,” Paguyo said, “I’m kind of nervous, but I’m really excited though.”

You can check out all the art on display starting Thursday. The opening reception for the exhibit is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $3.

Ali Lucia

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